Lydia Kelley

Biography:

Lydia Kelley’s passion for TESOL began with a two year adventure teaching adult professionals and high school students in China. This led to her pursuit of a greater understanding of language acquisition in SFSU’s M.A. TESOL program.  Her current position teaching academic English at the American Language Institute provides her with the opportunity to put her new knowledge into practice.

Presentation Abstract:

An Examination of Second Language Writers’ Strategies for Generating Ideas

What really happens when ESL students sit down to write a paper? What strategies and techniques do they use when they have difficulty getting ideas?  The presenter will share findings from a study in which she closely followed students in an advanced English class in an Intensive English program during their process of writing an academic essay. She will present the range of different strategies the students used to generate ideas and discuss individual variations in techniques. This will be followed by a discussion of teaching implications and recommendations for how teachers can support learners in their idea generation process.

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